Skip to comments.How Is the Digital Era Changing Reading and Writing?
Posted on 11/11/2013 1:33:32 AM PST by TexGrill
With the current emergence of electronic devices such as smartphones and tablet computers, people are using more online resources and reading more e-books. At the 32nd International Istanbul Book Fair, publishers, online database providers and writers are focusing their attention on how the digital era has changed how people read and write.
Siqi takes us there for more.
Although the number of e-book readers is gradually increasing, the e-book publishing industry in Turkey is still rather small.
Nihan Tanriyakul works for Dogan Group, the publisher with the largest circulation in Turkey last year.
"Digital book sales are not big deals in Turkey right now. It's very new for our people. Our company is one of the biggest ones in the E-book market. We sell E-books of almost our all titles. And the popular titles are the same with the print titles. Sales are not important for now in our turnover shares, but it's promising."
She says the company has seen the potential of digital publishing, as E-books have become more accessible and user-friendly.
"Our main concern is digital. We try to enlarge the market share, but for now it's just beginning. In a few years, we expect much bigger turnover from that."
According to Munir Ustun, President of the Association of Press and Publishing Turkey, about half of the Turkish population are young people. A government education project named "Fatih" is providing more opportunities for digital publishing.
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Most of my “reading” consists of audio books.
Forget about what it’s doing to reading and writing. I hate what it’s doing to human interaction.
When you type faster, you output doesn't get left behind by your train of thought. Rewrites are easier, too, especially with copy and paste.
Sure beats hammering away on the old manual...
Well, my students who have iPads and tablets read more books. They find it very convenient to do their writing assignments and email them to me. And, this month, each one of my students are participating in NaNoWriMo. That would not happen if everything had to be handwriting. Students who were “allergic” to writing have suddenly blossomed into fairly decent authors.
I am interacting now with people I haven’t seen for over 40 years. Friendships have been rekindled and forgotten memories have sprung to life again. Further, when one son was in Afghanistan, another in Seoul, a daughter and granddaughter in Washington State, another daughter in Texas and two more in Alabama, I, who live next to the jungle of Papua, Indonesia was able to get online and “chat” with all of them and keep them apprised of an impending trip to Singapore.
That human interaction would never have happened without the internet and the digital age.
Haven’t bought a paperback/hardcover for about 3 years now, all my reading is by ebook.
I have a 1st gen Nook, that i've used for a few years now. I've got about 300 books on it so far, a mixture of free Project Gutenberg books, and stuff I've purchased or downloaded for free from the Baen website. I've definitely found that I have read more than I would without it because it is just so convenient.
I wish it did better with annotation and bookmarking and it does, but I'll definately get a replacement device (probably a generic android) when this one finally dies, or the battery life gets too short to use.
Same with me.
I used to read 50 or more hardback or paperback books a year. Now I listen to audio as I am working. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a hardcopy of a book.
I read e-books all the time. The biggest drawback is that you don’t actually own them. They can and do pull them from your device from time to time. With this in mind be advised that those survival books you have on your Kindle might not be there in a real emergency.
Brings up a corollary issue regarding learning theory.
I recently picked up another PE, but when I learn the material, I learn it best still by handwriting the formulas and notes.
My organizational reading skills are much more rapid using a PC and the Find function, but learning associations are still better defined by handwriting.
I wonder how the younger generation is learning.
Actually, that is known. When you make the muscles of your arm and fingers push that pencil across the paper, new chemical pathways are created in your brain, which are different from just reading the material. It does make the material clearer and firmer in your brain. So, a good teacher uses a combination of methods, including physical writing, to help the students learn.
The answer in one word : Rachel Jeantel
But I bet she can type 120 wpm on her three Obamaphones, that only her fellow Black ebonics Scholars can understand.
It makes self delusion a lot easier, too.
One enterprising smart ass can make money hand over fist preparing writing assignment for others, that you have no way of knowing the difference between author and sender.
They have such individual writing styles that with my small class of 11, I can tell.
We could really mess with the Obamaphone holders by transcribing a cursive font to their keyboards....